New year - New role - Band 6 Charge Nurse - Dementia Assessment
Amblescroft South Ward is looking for a kind and compassionate Charge Nurse to join our team. Amblescroft South Ward is a purpose-built short-term dementia assessment unit based in the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury. If you are interested in the application of current research, psycho-social models of care, and environmental adaptations, this could be the role for you.
The role is active and rewarding applying person centred care and assessment for people experiencing changes in their needs due to their illness. Working within a diverse team, the role requires you to plan, provide, communicate and evaluate the care outlined within each person's behavioural support plan. Within the Charge Nurse role you will be providing direct care you will be assisting in admission screening, performance compliance and discharge planning.
To find out more about the role, call Jason Fisher, Ward Manager, on 01722 548592 for a chat about what we do, the role and development opportunities or anything else you need to know!
Main duties of the job
The role is active and rewarding applying person centred care and assessment for people experiencing changes in their needs due to their illness. Working within a diverse team, the role requires you to plan, provide, communicate and evaluate the care outlined within each person's behavioural support plan. Alongside providing direct care you will be assisting in admission screening, performance compliance and discharge planning.
Our team of psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and care home liaison services were named as AWP's 2020 Team of the Year. We foster a culture that puts the person's feelings at the forefront of their care.
As a new member of our team, you will be guided through a full induction, training and supervision to help settle you into the role and support you throughout. A comprehensive preceptorship programme is also offered for newly qualified staff. We welcome applicants who are newly qualified, experienced or returning to nursing.
Salisbury is a modern, medieval city famous for its 13th-century Cathedral. It is a city steeped in history and boasts many wooden-frame buildings dating back to medieval times. Salisbury lies between Southampton to the south and Bath to the north-west with great transport links to the surrounding area, including Stonehenge. Salisbury's rich history and abundance of amenities make it a great city to live in. The city has an almost village-feel to it and offers a unique location to settle into.
About us We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust):
a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.
We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.
Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.
At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.
Job description Job responsibilities Clinical Practice Management
To carry out clinical practice within the designated clinical areas, ensuring that high quality evidence-based nursing assessment, care planning, interventions and evaluations for patients is provided.
This will include:
Undertaking a comprehensive, patient-focused, nursing assessment and prepare care plans in consultation with the service user to provide the best nursing care
Carry out clinical audit to evaluate and improve clinical services in partnership with service users
Ability to administer medicine within relevant Trust and legislative guidance e.g. NMC Standards for Medicines Management 2010, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, MHA 1983. Ensure all others apply these, to support safe practice.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of the key elements of relevant mental Health legislation.
Be familiar with the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives. Recognise own competencies and to address any limitations to ensure safe practice.
To implement and encourage others to implement research-based practice.
Supervise junior and unqualified staff
Implementation of care and rehabilitation programme
Evaluation of effectiveness of care provided in partnership with users
Ability to undertake risk assessment and develop risk management strategies forIndividual service users: ICPA/SAP to people who present with mental health problems. Teaching, Education & Health Promotion
To use own specialist skills, knowledge and resources to provide mentoring opportunities for staff within designated areas and promote positive attitudes towards mental health.
This will include:
Regular provision of advice and mentoring to staff.
Function as a preceptor and mentor to new staff enabling their full integration intothe service.
Develop junior staff through teaching or training activities.
Support the provision of an appropriate learning environment for pre- and post- registered students, novice practitioners, and new team members as directed. Continuing Professional Development
To maintain and develop professional knowledge, skills and expertise to ensure that practice reflects best practice, remains evidence based, is current and responsive to meet changing patient and NHS service needs, as outlined in the NHS Plan (2000).
Implement the legal rules, statutory regulations and professional responsibilities relating to practice as outlined in the NMC Code of Professional Practice. Change to: the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives
Take responsibility for post-registration education and for continuing professional development as outlined in NMC Standards.
To receive clinical supervision in accordance on a contracted and regular basis from an identified Senior Practitioner, as per trust Clinical Supervision Policy.
To be aware of the need for appropriate management support and supervision from the people manager, and to maintain records of these meetings.
Maintain Health and Safety in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).
Implement Clinical and Personnel Policies and Procedures of AWP Trust.
Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant medicines, related medication management issues and act in accordance with the appropriate NMC standards and Trust policy. Ensure that others also work within these guidelines. Finance and Workforce
To make best use of available workforce resources based on agreed staffing models ensuring provision of best care possible. Implement and abide by Trust and Service Policies in regard to the security of the building/clients, to ensure safe practice and protection of clients, staff, visitors and members of the general public
To take part in PEAT and environmental risk assessments as requested so that best use is made of resources.
Undertake appraisals for staff at Band 5 and below to identify training and development needs and to ensure best practice.
Assist in staff disciplinary issues.
Implementation of managerial and clinical supervision to small team of nurses, ensuring best and safest practice is fully undertaken at all times.
Manage temporary staffing resources in line with AWP best practice guidance
Ensure that service provision is both safe and therapeutic within span of knowledge.
Effective organisation of own time, and that of others to ensure safe and efficient running of ward
Utilize electronic rostering systems (Rosterpro)
Participate in education and training opportunities to develop self and others
To take charge of the Unit in the absence of the Ward Manager or Clinical Team Leader
Ensure that all nurses, for whom the post-holder is responsible, abide by all
Trust and local policies and procedures, in particular, Health and Safety at Work, Security and Confidentiality to guarantee legal obligations are fulfilled. Record Keeping and Administration
To maintain and enforce standards of record keeping and associated administration in accordance with AWP Trust Policy and local joint arrangements, and professional guidelines.
This will include:
The upkeep of contemporaneous, chronological and accurate mental health recordsin accordance with relevant NMC Guidelines and Trust Policy.
To work under the direction of Essence of Care lead.
Contribution to the achievement of Controls Assurance Standards relating toRecords Management within their span of control.
Make certain all health record keeping is to current professional and local standards to comply with legal obligations.
Person Specification Quaifications Essential
- NMC Professional Code of Conduct. Change to: the NMC's 'The Code': Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives
- Substantial experience and band 5 level
- Evidence of excellent written and verbal communication skills - particularly relating to adults with acute mental health issues and who may exhibit unpredictable behaviours and outbursts.
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